While things are slowly starting to calm down in the region’s beach towns, music venues still have plenty of entertainment up their sleeves. And many of them are already revealing their plans for September.
In Selbyville, the Freeman Arts Pavilion is doing well and plans to continue operations until next month. Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the sold out concert of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvis Costello and it was a trip to see thousands of fans turn to the British icon of alternative music.
Next on Freeman’s schedule is an appearance by Americana touring act Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit on Thursday, August 25 ($69-$89).
Isbell is the former Drive-By Truckers guitarist and has garnered a national following since going solo. The show will begin with the opening act by Yasmin Williams at 7 p.m.
Freeman will host its annual Arts & Jazz Festival from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, August 26. The musicians will include Joe Baione (4 p.m.), Energico (5:15 p.m.) and Jazzy Blu (6:45 p.m.). Free entry.
Reggae favorite The Original Wailers (featuring Al Anderson) will perform the music of Bob Marley on Sunday August 28. Reggae bands Big Mountain and Maxi Priest will also perform, and music starts at 7 p.m. ($29, $39).
In Dewey Beach, the Bottle & Cork nightclub will present a free So Fetch concert at 9 p.m. on Friday, August 25. The energetic quintet will pay homage to the top 40 pop radio hits of the early 2000s.
The Cork has also announced a pair of free country concerts taking place next month. Elvie Shane will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, September 1, followed by an appearance by Tenille Arts at 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 9.
In Ocean City, the Cowboy Coast Saloon has announced the return of alternative hard rock quartet Puddle of Mudd, featuring vocalist Wes Scantlin. Saturday, September 17. Tickets are on sale now ($25) for the show taking place during the week of OC BikeFest. Puddle of Mudd recently had a successful show at Cowboy Coast on June 9 as part of the saloon’s annual Throwback Thursday concert series.
Elsewhere in OC, Seacrets is also making plans for OC BikeFest week. Country-rock band Scott Marshall & the Highway Souls perform on Thursday, September 15, followed by AC/DC tribute band LiveWire on Friday, September 16. Ticket prices will be announced.
In downtown Rehoboth Beach, Philadelphia folk-rock band Stella Ruze will perform music from their various albums in a free concert at 9 p.m. on Friday, August 26. New York indie-rock singer and songwriter Rick Fink will perform a freebie of his own at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.
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